Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,
Mark
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iPhone plans announced

Apple and AT&T have just announced several things about iPhone activation and service plans today.

iPhone activation requires an iTunes Store account OR a major credit card, and a valid social security number, "as required by AT&T." (Apple touts the ability to activate the iPhone in iTunes in the comfort of your own home as opposed to standing around the AT&T Store as a plus, and I can certainly see that. You can also have the store do it.) Customers with existing AT&T accounts will have the option of keeping their existing phone number and upgrading their account.

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/06/26activate.html

All service plans include unlimited data, visual voicemail, 200 SMS text messages, rollover minutes, and unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling (presumably just to other AT&T Wireless customers). Plans are $59.99 for 450 minutes, $79.99 for 900 minutes, and $99.99 for 1,350 minutes per month, with a two-year agreement. There's a one-time activation fee of $36. Family plans are available, though details are not provided yet.

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/06/26plans.html

Dave Zatz raises the issue that these plans are actually quite inexpensive, compared to the $80/month he pays AT&T Wireless for voice and data on his Samsung Blackjack. He says two years of the lower-priced plans for the iPhone would nicely offset the steep initial hardware cost.

http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2007-06/iphone-service-plans-announced-not-too-shabby/
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